When 20 hours online triggered an email from the president of my ISP, Ars Technica

When 20 hours online triggered an email from the president of my ISP, Ars Technica

Banj Edwards | Aurich Lawson | Getty Images “Checking the system this morning, I noticed that your account has been logged in for over 20 hours,” begins a December 1998 email from the president of my dial-up Internet service provider (ISP) at the time. “Our service is unlimited, but we ask that you actually use…

Is distributed computing dying or just fading into the background?  Ars Technique

Is distributed computing dying or just fading into the background? Ars Technique

Zoom in / This image has a warm and nostalgic feel to many of us. Distributed computing exploded onto the scene in 1999 with the release of SETI@home, an ingenious program and screensaver (when people were still using them) that scoured radio telescope signals for signs of alien life. The concept of distributed computing is…